Music

Music Courses & Classes in London and Online

We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music theory, music tech, history, choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.

Choosing your course

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

Find a course

Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Sonic arts: creativity with sound
    Course Date:  Thu 20 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Sonic arts is the expression of creativity through sound. Enjoy a series of creative exercises, with study and discussion of contemporary and historical context and practice, and create your own sound art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  2. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
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  3. Song writing pod
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to use creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and finish half-completed songs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  4. Music production with Logic: level 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your understanding of Logic and your skills in audio production. We will cover multiple takes, bussing, auxiliary sends, automation, and combining your audio with video.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  5. GarageBand: create and edit your own music
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Apple’s GarageBand is one of the easiest ways to make music with a computer. The simple layout, instruments and sounds encourage you to explore and create music.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
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  6. Creating drums and beats
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your drum programming to make more life-like, give it more swing and variety, and create solid, compelling drum parts. You will learn techniques you can apply to any genre.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
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  7. World music: Ghanaian Highlife
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The West African tradition of Highlife mixes Ghanaian percussion rhythms with calypso, and is played on guitars and horns. Join these live sessions to play classic tunes by Highlife artists such as Osibisa and E.T.Mensah. Open to percussionists, instrumentalists and singers - anyone who can hold a rhythm!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  8. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 8 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  9. Latin piano
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This practical online course for pianists (grade 5 ABRSM and above) will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Salsa music. We will focus on harmonic development, rhythm, learning common montuno patterns, performance and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including Son, Mambo, Bolero, and Cha Cha Cha.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  10. Chamber music
    Course Date:  Thu 10 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 5 or above with good sight-reading skills. Please read additional COVID safety info carefully.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Piano: return to playing
    Course Date:  Fri 11 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This online course will help you refresh your dormant skills and whet your appetite to go further.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  12. Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music
    Course Date:  Fri 11 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the impact that Bob Dylan has had on popular music with a special focus on the 1960s. Through analysis of his songs and a history of the 1960s we will see how his influence extends beyond the American folk music revival.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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  13. Singing for fun
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building online course. This short course will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
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  14. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn essential tools to sing jazz, including what to listen for in the piano accompaniment and the importance of pulse, groove and vocal technique. This day is for singers with musical experience who are new to the jazz idiom.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £24.00
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  15. Sight-reading for choral singers
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you sing in a choir or a choral society, or are thinking of joining one? Would you like to feel more confident about reading sheet music and sight-singing? Then join experienced singer and conductor, Penny Homer, for this short online course, to fill the gaps in your knowledge and improve your sight-singing skills in choral situations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00

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